Half-Life Alyx will be announced at The Game Awards next month, according to a new rumor.
UPDATE: Half-Life Alyx was just officially announced! Not much of a rumor anymore...
We’re excited to unveil Half-Life: Alyx, our flagship VR game, this Thursday at 10am Pacific Time.— Valve (@valvesoftware) November 18, 2019
Can’t wait to share it with all of you! pic.twitter.com/BupFCxSrTw
All year long, rumors have swirled that Valve is getting back into the business of making Half-Life games. But rather than making “the big 3” as everyone wanted, they’re making yet another Half-Life VR game.
Virtual Reality hasn’t quite panned out as many game developers thought, but it’s still there and still being worked on. Full VR has been the holy grail of gaming since it was first conceived, but getting there has been tough. The equipment is expensive, requires a lot of real estate, and even if it works perfectly it still doesn’t give the player the full range of movement that they would have with a simple keyboard, mouse, or analog stick.
Valve has been knee-deep in VR since the very beginning and even has its own branded hardware. They’ve been supporting it with periodically released smaller games, but Half-Life VR is said to be much larger and more ambitious.
And now, an interview leaked online seems to confirm the Half-Life VR will be coming sooner than we think.
The interview is between Geoff Keighley, Robin Walker (a developer of Team Fortress 2), and an unknown third person. In it, they refer to the game as Half-Life Alyx and say that it will be revealed at The Game Awards on December 12th.
Earlier rumors indicate that Half-Life Alyx will be a prequel and not Half-Life 3. The leaked interview seems to confirm that as Keighley openly wonders if Half-Life 3 will ever be made.
"But I think people probably wonder, okay, moving forward does this mean that Valve now is just making VR games? Are we going to get that Half-Life 3, or that new big, epic kind of Valve game down the road? Or is it, oh now we're makin' VR games, that's what we do?
“I mean, we're very excited about this, but you know, until we ship, you never know. Maybe we're all really wrong, and it's terrible. We have to wait and see what the reception is like."
Wait and see is definitely what we recommend. The Game Awards start on Thursday, December 12th. Stay tuned for more info.